The Canadian government announced its intention to donate 10 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to low- and middle-income countries as part of the global “Cofax” initiative.
“This donation is in addition to the $2.5 billion in financial support Canada has committed to the international effort to fight COVID-19,” Procurement Minister Anita Anand said.
“Canadian doses identified as surplus will be donated to international partners on an ongoing basis,” Anand added at a press conference on Thursday.
In this context, International Development Secretary Karina Gould said that “vaccinating the world’s population against Corona remains the best strategy to eliminate the epidemic.”
“With each vaccination, we are one step closer to controlling the epidemic, along with the contributions of Canada and the generosity of its people,” Gould said at a news conference Thursday.
And she noted that “millions of people are still not immune from the virus around the world, and in low-income countries, only 2 percent of the population received a single dose.”
She explained that her country “has donated 40 million doses to Kovacs so far, and more may be provided.”
The donation includes doses of the “Johnson & Johnson” vaccine that were not required in Canada, according to the same source.
Cofax is a WHO program to vaccinate people in poor and middle-income countries that do not have the ability to sign bilateral vaccine advance purchase agreements.
As of Friday afternoon, the number of Corona patients in the world exceeded 206 million and 449 thousand, of whom more than 4 million and 352 thousand died, and more than 185 million and 272 thousand have recovered, according to the “worldometer” website.